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Old 10-31-2013, 11:08 AM   #31
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Excellcent saveme. Sounds great. Let us know how everything works out for you. Thanks.
Ok. Here is how things worked out for me and my leaky boiler. I called the company and got a replacement boiler as the one I had was still under warranty. A plumber gave me an outlandish quote to swap the boilers. I broke the union, cut the copper pipes and hauled it back to Lowes where I picked up the new one. I got some pipe dope, shark bites and went back and replaced the boiler myself. All the pieces went back in as before, however, I did a stupid thing. I pulled on the black iron pipe to get the union to join with the black iron I had connected to the boiler. There was about a two inch gap to make up. I loosed the strap and pulled the iron down and jointed the pipes. I put soapy water on bends and joints and no leak. Friend said I should have just gotten more iron to make up the 2-3 inches. So far so good. No leaks that I can detect, no gas smell and new boiler is making hot water nicely.

Thanks for all of your help and comments as I am NOT a DIYer. Based on your input and a few you tube videos I was able to tackle this project myself. Thanks again.

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Your welcome saveme. Glad everything worked out for you in the end. Your experience may help someone else. Thanks for sharing the end result with the forum. Make sure your gas line does not have too much stress on it.

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" I loosed the strap and pulled the iron down and jointed the pipes. I put soapy water on bends and joints and no leak. Friend said I should have just gotten more iron to make up the 2-3 inches. So far so good. No leaks that I can detect, no gas smell and new boiler is making hot water nicely. "

Did you ever make up the 2-3 inches with new pipe or is it still under stress and at increased risk for breaking?
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Saveme, Bob brings up a very good safety point. Make sure you do not have too much stress on the gas pipe. If there is a lot of stress on it, get that extra piece of pipe installed. They sell 2 or 3 inch threaded gas pipe at any big box or plumbing supply store. Thanks and have a safe Holiday Season.

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Your original quote was it was leaking. That is where you should have called Lowes and tell them it was leaking. Your new tank would have been in your drive.
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I will go and get the extra pipe piece to release the stress. Not sure how much stess its under. When loosened the union thecblack pipe sprang up. I gotvexact same boiler and there was the gap. I suspect it was always under stress. ..Working do well I hate to mess 2ith it but better safe than sorry.

I'll grt the spare piece and do it next weekend when I have the time. Should be ok till then right?

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